Jack Kills Off Ambleside
2nds On Song As Fine Start To The Season Continues
Well what a sight to greet the 2nd team as they played their first home match of the season against Ambleside A. The pitch resembled day 5 at Bridgetown and Boycott was in uncharted territory having to consider how it would behave. Bat first, set a decent total and the likely deterioration would assist in bowling Ambleside out. Well that was the theory. Four changes from the previous match and the team had a better balance about it. The toss went Boycott's way and he opened the batting with trusty Trev who was playing his first match following his feeble excuse the previous week. On the sidelines adding to the Caribbean feel was Sedgwick's very own calypso king, Kev Sealby, strumming away whilst smoking his pipe. Whether or not it contained a dodgy substance he certainly exuded an air of relaxtion.
And it was Trev who got off to a brisk start clubbing two fours before playing down the wrong line to McGregor and seeing his off stump dislodged. This brought George Willacy to the crease also reinstated back into the 2nds following his brief stint in the first team. Can't have too many there or he won't qualify for the 3rd div averages! In typical George fashion he made the most of any balls outside the off stump and he and Boycott saw the score through to beyond 50 before Boycott perished to a short wide delivery outside the off stump from Dean which instead of going to the boundary, found its way to first slip and he departed with 10 to his name. Matthew Salisbury in at 4 continued his fine form with the bat but he lost his partner George when the ball trickled under his bat and dislodged the bails. Still a good first innings of 43 and a promising start to the averages.
Richard Hanson joined Matthew but his stay was cut short when on 5, by an LBW decision which, from side on, looked to be a bit high. DRS please! Next in Jack Kilshaw making a welcome return having spent a couple of years in Manchester, he saw the light. Known more for his bowling, he confounded even his own expectations and took the Ambleside bowling apart. He and Matthew put on over a hundred partnership taking the score from 108-4 to 222-5 in the space of 15 overs. With a maiden century looking likely Jack finally fell for 80 as he was bowled by McGregor. 8 runs later and Matthew perished for 30 as he was bowled by Alex Brown and the very next ball Wrighty followed him back into the clubhouse with an edge through to the keeper. Tom Willacy continued the run fest as he was joined by Will Richards who scored a brisk 8 before holing out. Kev Sealby then joined Tom and they saw the innings through to the final ball when Kev was bowled by Dean leaving Tom not out on 20 with the score on 253 for 9, with extras also being a major contributor to the total.
So after another serving of Sue's specials at the break, and learning from George and Rich about the joys of doughnuts, especially from the microwave (we'll leave it there) and seeing Trev devour one whole but managing to get the icing sugar all round his mouth, it was down to the bowlers to hammer home the advantage and Wrighty once again came to the party carrying on where he left off the previous week. With the fourth ball of his first over he bowled Batey for 0 and in his second over same result removing A Brown for 5. Jack Kilshaw then got in on the act in his third over as he removed McGregor for 0. With the Ambleside score only just in double figures for the loss of 3 wickets an Ambleside win was looking highly unlikely and it was more a case of damage limitation. With runs on the board, Boycott was able to attack and whilst Dean and Blackburn put together a useful partnership they were both undone by the Wright/Kilshaw bowling combination as Blackburn was bowled by Jack for 11 and Dean caught by Will Richards off Wrighty for 20 Montgomery was bowled by Wrighty for 0 to give him his fourth wicket for 24 runs in 5 overs.
6 wickets down in 10 overs and the situation was looking bleak for Ambleside, but Rick Smith and D Brown put up a spirited resistance scoring freely due to the attacking nature of the field, but when Boycott turned to Richard Hanson to replace Jack Kilshaw, the change paid dividends immediately as Brown (16) and then new batsman Hodgson (0) both perished in his second over having been caught behind by Matt Salisbury. The very next over Rich bowled Rick Smith for 23 and then Boycott decided to give Dixy a spell following 4 wicketless overs from Wrighty who was somewhat miffed in missing out on a 5 for. It only took Dixy one over to take the final wicket of Gledhill for 3 as the Ambleside innings was wrapped up for 89.
A comprehensive victory and 15 points, but with top of the table Heysham welcoming us on Saturday, something will have to give. Until then....